Masahiro Mori and His Ceramic Design, The Open Archives

I’ve been educating myself on Masahiro Mori and his life’s work, it’s very inspiring to read about an individual like Masahiro as he’s probably one of the best that ever lived in his particular field. If you’re from Japan Mr Mori won’t need any introduction at all, for those Europeans or Americans out there who may not have seen his name before you’ve definitely come across the forms as they’re quite …

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Works by Japanese Potter Mamiko Wada

After my recent posts on architecture, basket weaving, lacquerware and antique art, I feel like I’ve been pulling out all the stops to show a variety of different subjects on the blog. It’s not always that easy, as usually these things come in bunches so you end up with too many architects or too much furniture, but that’s just life I suppose. So I thought I’d place in some simplistic pottery that’s extremely inspiring, particularly as I’m craving to get in …

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Photographs of Maiko Okuno’s Lacquerware Exhibition

I’m not usually one to split up images like this, I prefer to keep them all landscape or at least have a mixture of the two sizes. But since it’s Friday I thought I’d let myself off, also these are very tasty indeed so I knew even though they weren’t that big you would still appreciate them. Sometimes I think I need to document these so people in the future can look back and see all this fantastic work …

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Wood in Progress by Ernst Gamperl

Ernst Gamperl is a bit of a legend in the craft circles, I’m surprised we haven’t talked about him before because his wooden forms are spectacular to say the least. It seems like a good time to visit his works and showcase some exciting shapes that might get you all inspired, it certainly had me intrigued. I personally felt bringing over photos of his work in a singular fashion could of been one dimensional, so I put together a selection from …

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Short Film Featuring Lacquer Artist Isamu Odashima

After the article that I put together late last week featuring artists and sculptures Alma Allen, Ani Kasten & Adam Silverman, I thought I would showcase another video produced by the same Japanese company but on a slightly different wavelength. This particular video has no English speaking, or English subtitles for that matter, but it has some fantastic shots of lacquer craftsman …

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Collecting Lacquer with Kenji Suzuki

It’s not often that I bring films into the archive, Daniel tends to have a knack for finding the best on the web in the fields of art, design and craft. But today I came across this short piece that doesn’t have any commentary, but has very simple filming and features some curious ongoings. In fact, I’ve been studying the processes behind lacquerware and the methods they use over the last few months which led me onto this short film that showcases …

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Functional Ceramics by Daisuke Kameta

Maybe we’ve gone a bit pottery made over here?! It seems like it’s taken the reigns slightly and has grabbed hold of us, although to be fair I do feel like we’re doing a pretty good job at keeping the blog well balanced and unique. Especially this week with Daniel including some nice culture type films into the mix. Partly the reason for todays post is through my research into different techniques and processes. I take quite a lot of inspiration from …

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Bamboo Art by Hajime Nakatomi

I spent a little time this morning researching bamboo art and its origins, as expected I discovered some amazing facts and learnt quite a lot on the subject. This art reminds me of architecture in a lot of ways, but just at a much much smaller scale. Structurally it’s absolutely brilliant and there’s no better example in my opinion than Japanese maker Hajime Nakatomi. Just check out the details in the above picture, it’s crazy …

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A Film on Mingei Artist Minoru Kano

Wow, I came across this fantastic video earlier and I was surprised to see that it had only been watched 200 times in four years. A bit depressing to say the least. I have to admit the quality is not incredible, with most of it being very grainy and low on volume, but the content in the film is very inspiring and is perfectly matched to the topics we like to talk about (also the objects we tend to sell in our shop). Over the last year or so I’ve gained a …

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Works by Verónica Jaramillo’s Ceramic Workshop

I’ve been on a serious hunt for some ceramics over the past week or so. I didn’t want to settle for something of lesser quality, that’s not my style, and it wasn’t really on my list to pull a selection from Japan again since I’ve turned to there a lot lately in search of inspiration. So I took an indirect route and discovered these creations made by Verónica Jaramillo’s ceramic workshop in …

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Futagami Brass Household Goods

Metal working and metal objects are quite hard to come by these days, I’ve not found much that has really grabbed my attention over the past year or so. The problem with these metal items is that it’s hard to make something that’s got real character and depth to it, usually it’s either a silver functional piece that you can’t really connect to, or it’s something totally sculptural and quite flamboyant. These seen here on the other hand meet both …

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Lifestyle and Product Imagery at Kitanosumaisekkeisha

We’re regularly on the lookout for inspiring photography and lifestyle imagery, it’s definitely a good reference for us in the shop since it gives us ideas and tips for our own, it’s also refreshing to see how objects could be used in different environments. Take for example this shop in Japan that I came across named Kitanosumaisekkeisha (very much a mouthful I know), they’ve done …

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